CONCACAF announces lottery details for U.S.-Mexico tilt

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The lottery for tickets to the Oct. 10 CONCACAF Cup match between the United States and Mexico at the Rose Bowl opens Wednesday, Sept. 9 at 3 a.m. PT, CONCACAF announced Tuesday. The lottery will close on Friday, Sept. 18 at 8:59 p.m. PT, with winners being announced from Sept. 16 to Sept. 18.

The winner of the CONCACAF Cup match earns a spot in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup in Russia.

According to CONCACAF, 30,000 tickets have already been sold through independent pre-sales organized by the participating federations. According to Sports Illustrated, the U.S. and Mexican soccer federations are each allocated 30 percent of the 83,000 tickets available for the game. Another 30 percent go to the lottery, and the final 10 percent go toward local teams and sponsors.

Apply for the lottery online at Winners are able to purchase up to six tickets per application.

After lottery winners are announced, a limited amount of tickets will be available to the general public on Sept. 29.

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Weekend TV Soccer Schedule: German Bundesliga begins on Fox Sports, MLS, Liga MX, EPL Community Shield and Gio Dos Santos arrival Sunday at LAX

shieldKickoff is at 7 a.m. Sunday on Fox Sports 1.

A complete Bundesliga schedule is here.


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Championship rally for U.S. Women’s soccer team in Los Angeles tomorrow

USWNTThe entire 2015 Women’s World Cup champion U.S. Women’s soccer team will be together for a free, public championship celebration at L.A. Live’s Microsoft Square in Downtown L.A.. tomorrow, Tuesday, July 7, at 11 a.m.

Fans are invited to attend the celebration and meet the members of the team that captured the United States’ record third World Cup title and first Women’s World Cup since 1999. And set TV ratings records.

Parking is free and fans are encouraged to RSVP for the free event here.

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English Premier League releases 2015-2016 season fixtures: find out when and where your team is playing next season

EPLlogoThe Barclays Premier League League today released the full slate of games for the 2015-2016 season.

Check out the complete EPL schedule here.

The opening day fixtures and the schedules for selected EPL clubs:

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Women’s World Cup Video update: USWNT star Abby Wambach tells NBC News that playing on artificial turf in Canada is a “nightmare”

The pretournament fears of USWNT stars have come true, according to an NBC News report:

“All the tournament’s fields — six surfaces in six cities — are made of turf. Wambach and players from Germany, Brazil and Spain filed a lawsuit in Canada last year that demanded FIFA and the Canadian Soccer Association install natural grass in the arenas, but the players said they dropped the suit earlier this year because they had filed it too late and FIFA wouldn’t budge.

“Professional sports like baseball and football are played on forms of turf, and it has also been installed in thousands of playgrounds. In a series of on-air and on-line reports, NBC News investigated the safety of artificial “crumb rubber” turf, and whether the playing surface, which is made of recycled tires, has been adequately tested. A soccer coach in Seattle has been collecting anecdotal information about goalies and other players who played on the surface and now have various forms of cancer, but no research has linked turf to cancer or any other disease.

Turf fields are also much hotter than natural grass fields. The surface at this Saturday’s cup opener in Edmonton, in which Canada beat China 1-0, reportedly reached 120 degrees an hour before kickoff. At Sunday’s games in Ottawa, the field temperature reached 130 degrees.

Wambach calls turf a “gender issue through and through,” and embattled FIFA President Sepp Blatter, who announced his resignation last week, has made controversial comments about female players in the past. He once suggested female soccer players wear “tighter shorts.”

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